María-José is a program lead at the HPI School of Design Thinking since 2020. She has been coaching design thinking since 2016 with projects spanning public, private and non-profit sectors. Including City Administration of Lübben, Landeshaupstadt Potsdam, BMW, Boiler Room, Roche, Humboldt University, Universidad de la Habana, British Council, city_lab, Melton Foundation, Politics for Tomorrow, Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen, D.Collective e.V., among others. For her, Design Thinking is more than an innovation-led methodology executed by an iterative process. It’s a mindset that challenges competitive social behaviors and fosters teams' diversification which leads to collaborative innovation.
Hailing from Mexico City, based in Berlin — co-founder of aequa an intersectional community space that strives for an equitable society in which every person can thrive. Our mission is to co-create spaces for mutual support and collective empowerment. That usually takes the form of events focused on exchanging resources, tackling shared challenges and collaborating to build the world we dream of.
Her educational background entails an MA in public policy from the Hertie School of Governance, specializing in Public Innovation Labs in Germany. A year certification of Basic and Advanced Track in Design thinking at the D-School which was life-changing. She also holds a BA in political science and public administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana.
With 9+ years of experience being a social entrepreneur: founding social enterprises/NGOs, she has also founded Mexiro, a Mexican NGO focusing on sustainable development and women’s empowerment in indigenous communities.